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UK must balance food farming impacts

UK must balance food farming impacts Creative commons image By Drow69 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, $3 under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 28 Jan 2016
The UK could reduce its emissions by converting farmland to absorb more carbon dioxide − but risks increasing climate change effects abroad.

Fracking: Is it possible to persuade the public that the benefits outweigh the risks

Fracking: Is it possible to persuade the public that the benefits outweigh the risks Creative commons image Kate Ausburn under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Dec 2015
Communities across the UK (and beyond) have come together to protest against fracking in their areas. But there are strong economic imperatives...

Researching Antarctic ice sheets

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Researching Antarctic ice sheets Creative commons image By Jason Auch [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 Nov 2015
Dr Tamsin Edwards discusses her research on climate change and the instability of Antarctic ice sheets.

Safer battery could spark investment in renewables

Safer battery could spark investment in renewables Creative commons image Ed Suominen [
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Aug 2015
Researchers have developed a new battery to enable user generated renewable power to be stored cheaply and safely, reports Tim Radford from...

World must avert flood of climate refugees - Climate News Network

World must avert flood of climate refugees - Climate News Network Creative commons image By Richard P J Lambert [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr Creative Commons under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Aug 2015
The world will face a humanitarian crisis on an immense scale if millions of people have to flee the impacts of global warming, reports Alex...

Half of climate safety level has gone - Climate News Network

Half of climate safety level has gone - Climate News Network Creative commons image By Jason Auch [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Aug 2015
Global temperatures have risen by 1°C in the past 150 years, and one scientist says doubling that level could unleash catastrophic sea level rise...

Delegates accused of ‘fiddling’ while the planet burns - Climate News Network

Delegates accused of ‘fiddling’ while the planet burns - Climate News Network Creative commons image Alan Harper under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 17 Jun 2015
Tame end to Bonn climate talks leaves critics fearing that hopes are fading of a binding agreement being signed to keep global warming in check -...

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Energy in buildings

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Energy in buildings
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 28 Apr 2016
Themes covered in this free course, Energy in buildings, include reducing heating demand in buildings, heating systems and fuel emissions, and...

Working with our environment: an introduction

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Introductory level Duration 11 hours Updated 30 Mar 2016
Global warming: are we responsible? Is our environmental impact damaging the planet? This free course, Working with our environment: an...

Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
This free course, Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes, is the first in the series of five courses that introduce the idea of modelling with...

Transport and sustainability

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
This free course, Transport and sustainability, explores the issues around sustainable transport and how the role of technology and society can...

Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes: a review

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes: a review is the fifth and final course in the series on mathematical modelling. In this free course we...

Managing coastal environments

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Intermediate level Duration 3 hours Updated 09 Mar 2016
Coastal environments are by their nature ever-changing. This free course, Managing coastal environments, looks at the example of the Blackwater...

Climate change: transitions to sustainability

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Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 09 Mar 2016
Human societies have to take urgent action to end their dependences on fossil fuels. We have to alter the whole path of our development and...

Environment: Following the flows

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 07 Mar 2016
What affects the atmospheric and ocean flows? This free course, Environment: Following the flows, explores the mechanisms that are important; the...

Global warming

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 07 Mar 2016
This free course provides an introduction to global warming. We will be considering the history of global warming by looking at the pattern of ice...

Effects of pollutants on the aquatic environment

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Advanced level Duration 3 hours Updated 07 May 2014
Effects of pollutants on the aquatic environment is a free course. It begins with an introduction to water and goes on to briefly outline the...